Wednesday, April 29, 2009

New Prints & Tees in the Shop!

Feeling tired today, so this post will be light on words but heavy on pictures...
There are new things in the shop. Go have a peek!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Raining Cats & Dogs

The weekend started out sunny and warm...

but the clouds rolled in quickly this afternoon and it's now raining and thundering.

So I thought I'd share with you some of my very cute recent purchases, which happen to be cats and dogs.

Yes, I'm still a dog lover deep down.

an oh-so cute card from The Paper Place

a pair of bowls bought at The One of a Kind Show from one of my favourite vendors.

And last but certainly not least, these precious hand-sculpted dog figurines by such a talented artist.

I love these guys. Definitely check out Stacey's shop, when you get a chance, as she'll be making more of these to support a great cause.

Okay, it's dinner time, so I'm off.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, rain or shine!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day!

Our taxes are done and if I did them correctly, we'll both be getting nice little refunds back. Mine will go towards paying for our new bedding, which we're loving... and so is Suki. And Matt's will go towards his new bike that he bought on the weekend.

Happy Earth Day!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Sneak Peeks

I mailed in my One of a Kind application yesterday and just received word that it was received. Yay! Keep your fingers crossed for my friend and me, that we both get in! We'll both be novice artisans at the show then.

That's a peek at part of my booth sketch above, a combo of drawing and PhotoShopping.

I had a bit of a scare when I was on my way home from the post office, realizing that I had forgotten to include something on the application. They say that if you forget anything your application won't even be looked at, that it will just be sent back to you. Luckily I was able to retrieve the envelope before it was sent out and add what I needed. Then I got all paranoid that the stuff would fall out of the envelope because I didn't reseal it properly. And later in the evening... well, you get the picture. I can be a little neurotic at times.

I did remember to include some photos of my studio, so here's a little peek at what it's looking like these days. Matt snapped these photos for me the other night.

I just moved my old table/desk behind the sofa the other day which is great because now I can watch the tv when I'm making buttons and magnets.

Next on my to do list is taxes. But I'm hoping to get outside this weekend and enjoy the beautiful weather too. So we'll see if I'm able to finish them this weekend.

Have a great one!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

Just a quick post to wish everyone a Happy Easter! We don't really celebrate, but it was the perfect excuse to get a Dufflet cake yesterday.

Oh, and I think we finally found the perfect bedding set! It's not black, and a bit pricey but nothing else we've seen in the local stores floats our boat. So I think it's a must have. Plus, blue was another colour choice we'd been considering. Isn't it just the prettiest?

Thursday, April 9, 2009

A Sigh of Relief...

I was all set to do my taxes yesterday - thinking they were due next week - but then joyfully, I realized I have until the end of the month to get them in.

So, of course, I'm procrastinating now and focusing on other things...

More important things like chilling with the cats, whom I missed last week.

I think they missed me too :)

Other things I've been up to:

• applying to the this show. That deadline IS next week! Eep! I like to think of myself as someone who plans ahead, but 7.5 months ahead is a stretch for me. Wish me luck on getting in!

• getting new stock together to send to some of my retailers

• cleaning and organizing spaces
• and surfing the net, searching for the perfect new bedding set for our bed.

Yes, that's my newest obsession.

We finally watched Twilight several weeks ago and although I wasn't really impressed with the movie, I found myself loving Bella's beautiful bedding. Matt even liked it.

But rather than buy the same exact bedding for ourselves - the colour is not really to our taste, plus it looked more blue than purple in the movie, which it isn't in real life and we would have preferred - I've been on the search for something as pretty in a more appealing colour.
As usually is the case when I get something specific in my head that I really want, I can't seem to find it anywhere.

I really love these ones:
Secret Garden


but we're trying to find a darker duvet cover this time round.

Right now we have white sheets and an ivory and red duvet cover from Ikea, though I think the cover was actually white and red before. A little too much information, perhaps? Well, I'm sure anyone with white sheets knows that they're not the easiest to keep clean.

The other colour combo
they have for the Twilight bedding is pretty, but I'm not crazy about brown in a bedroom.

Here are a few others I found and dig, but they are either sold out, are not exactly what I'm looking for or they are from the U.K. and they don't ship internationally. What's up with that?!

Ashley Grey

I'm set on finding black bedding as pretty as the one above now though. It would be such a dramatic change for our bedroom and I think it would save us from having to paint the walls. At least for a little while.

Well, here's an early wish for a Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate!

Monday, April 6, 2009

April Showers, Indeed!

April's here and I'm wondering, will the rain ever stop? I need to get me some red wellies anyway.

Well, as predicted, I did not get a chance to blog last week. It was mostly work that kept me busy, but some play was involved too. Basically I worked (outside of the house) from Monday to Sunday, so by the time I got home, all I wanted to do was veg... I mean, relax.

I helped out this sweet friend again at the One of a Kind Show. Although it was quite a bit slower on the first few days - due in part to the "two R's", rain and recession - things picked up on the weekend and I think it was another successful show for Candice. Her tanks and dresses sold like hot cakes and I'm thrilled that I'll be getting my hands on one too in the near future. My fingers are crossed that she can find the same fabric again.

I am finally considering applying for the Christmas show myself. We'll see if I get in. I spotted someone wearing one of my clever kitty tees on my way out of the show the other night, so that was a little confidence booster.

There are a few new things in the shop:

Nine Lives Version 2 Magnet Set

Fancy Felines Button Set

And I updated most ofmy website finally. The individual product pages still need to be updated but everything else is pretty much current. Yay!

Later this week I'll share with you my new home decorating related obsession.